1Department of Pediatric Neurologist, Ghaem Hospital, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2Ghaem Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
3Department of Pediatrics, Ghaem Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Epilepsy, which is one of the major neurological disorders, can happen in all ages including children. Approximately 20% of epileptic children are drug resistant. Uncontrolled seizure poses variable risks to patients such as higher rates of mortality, trauma, cognitive and psychiatric problems. So, effective treatment to control attacks is essential. Although currently, there are many antiepileptic drugs available for clinical treatments, clinicians are still awaiting the discovery of safer drugs which have improved antiepileptic effects and have less side effects. Traditional medicine provides a strong ground for the modern medicine. It has been shown that use of some plants can either reduce or prevent further progression of seizures.
The present review attempts to discuss the efficacy of some medicinal plants on children with intractable epilepsy.
Online literature review was conducted using Iran Medex, Scopus, Medline, and Google Scholar to identify studies which discuss the use of plants in children with intractable epilepsy. Searches for this review were also done by going through the files of authors in the reference list and bibliographies of those related papers.
Overall, researches have shown that herbal therapies have the potential to yield new treatment options for children with intractable epilepsy. Using herbs may represent an inexpensive way of treatment in these children which is culturally acceptable to their families as well.